Statement by Mr. Toufiq Islam Shatil, CDA a.i. and Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN at the United Nations Security Council Open Debate “Promoting Conflict Prevention Empowering All Actors Including Women and Youth” on 13 March, 2024 at Security Council Chamber.

Mr. President,

 I congratulate Japan for assuming the Presidency of the Security Council this month and, thank for organizing an open debate on conflict prevention. We also thank the briefers for their insightful presentations.

 Mr. President,

 While We are having discussion on the prevention of occurrence and recurrence of conflict, we are also witnessing the greatest failure of the United Nations to prevent the conflict and killing of civilians and innocent people for decades in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and specially in Gaza since 07 October last year. Indeed, the genocidal atrocities and subsequent humanitarian situation in Gaza go beyond any imagination. This shows us how critical is the addressing the root causes of any conflict, in order to avoid escalation and recurrence of conflict.

Mr. President,

 Allow me to highlight a few points regarding prevention of conflict,

First, it is very important to ensure preventative measures in a timely manner to avoid the eruption of conflict. The United Nations has a major role to play by investing in the Peace-Development-Humanitarian nexus to address the drivers of conflict that includes socio-economic development, creating opportunities, eradicating poverty and so on. However, creating conducive environment is also a pre-requisite for investing in preventative measures that needs ensuring non-discrimination and human dignity.

Second, the Security Council can support nationally led efforts of the member States in the prevention of conflict, and its recurrence, in many ways. One way is to appropriately incorporating the preventative measures in the mandate of the Special Political Missions and Peacekeeping Operations in line with national priorities. We need to invest in peacebuilding activities of the Peace Operations from the very beginning of the Mission, with the view to ensuring smooth transition and effective drawdowns.

Third, the role of the regional and sub-regional organizations is also critical to address the root causes of conflict; with an understanding of the regional and local dynamics and environment for the best solution. In this regard, we refer to the Security Council Resolution 2669 of 2022 which acknowledged the role of ASEAN in helping to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Myanmar. We urge ASEAN to redouble its efforts in the implementation of its Five Point Consensus to create a conducive environment for reaching a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis through safe, voluntary, and sustainable repatriation.

Fourth, we emphasize the importance of increasing the engagement between the Security Council and the Peacebuilding Commission. The Peacebuilding Commission is in a better position to empower all actors by convening all the stakeholders of the conflict situations and therefore bringing their views and perspectives to the Council.

 Finally, I would like to refer to the Security Council resolutions 1325 and 2250 regarding WPS and YPS respectively, and highlight the importance of implantation of the resolutions in order to ensure empowerment of women and youth while promoting conflict prevention by the United Nations. We believe that the UN Secretary General’s New Agenda for Peace is an important milestone in recognizing the importance of the WPS and YPS agenda in conflict prevention.

 I thank you, Mr. President.